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August 27, 2006, 7:15 PM CT

A Pint Of Cider To Keep The Doctor Away

A Pint Of Cider To Keep The Doctor Away
The saying goes that an apple a day keeps the doctor away but now scientists at the University of Glasgow are looking into whether a pint of cider could have the same effect. Researchers have discovered that English cider apples have high levels of phenolics antioxidants linked to protection against stroke, heart disease and cancer and are working with volunteers to see whether these health benefits could be passed onto cider drinkers.

In the next few weeks 12 volunteers will each drink a pint of cider, while avoiding all other dietary sources of antioxidants, to give the research team a unique insight into how phenolics are absorbed and metabolised by humans. The research is part of a project funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the National Association of Cider Makers.

Serena Marks, who is leading the study, explains: "Previous research suggests there may be an association between phenolics and protection against some serious diseases, so we are trying to find out how we get phenolics from our diet. We know that apples are high in phenolics and our research shows that cider apples have a higher phenolic content than dessert apples".

The cider industry has long been interested in phenolics, because these compounds play an important role in the taste and colour of cider, but Marks hopes her research will show that phenolic levels also have a beneficial health role.........

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August 27, 2006, 9:22 AM CT

UK And US Companies Sold Mobile Phone Tapping

UK And US Companies Sold Mobile Phone Tapping
Reporters Without Borders has learned that a British company, Silver Bullet, and a US company, Verint Systems (a subsidiary of Comverse Technology), sold equipment for intercepting mobile phone calls to the Vietnamese intelligence services. The source of this information, the UK-based Jane's Defence Weekly, said a subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries acted as intermediary in some of the sales.

"We are appalled to learn that our phone calls with Vietnamese cyber-dissidents have been monitored with equipment provided by European and US companies," the press freedom organisation said. "Coming a year after it emerged that Yahoo! cooperates with the Chinese police, this new case reinforces our conviction that telecommunications companies must be forced to respect certain rules of ethical conduct. In particular, they should be banned from selling surveillance equipment to repressive governments".........

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August 27, 2006, 9:02 AM CT

Apple Announces Recall of Batteries

Apple Announces Recall of Batteries
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Rechargeable, lithium-ion batteries with cells manufactured by Sony for certain previous iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 notebook computers only.

Units: About 1.1 million battery packs (an additional 700,000 battery packs were sold outside the U.S.).

Battery Cell Manufacturer: Sony Energy Devices Corp., of Japan.

Computer Manufacturer: Apple Computer Inc., of Cupertino, Calif.

Hazard: These lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Apple has received nine reports of batteries overheating, including two reports of minor burns from handling overheated computers and other reports of minor property damage. No serious injuries were reported.

Description: The recalled lithium-ion batteries were used with the following computers: 12-inch iBook G4, 12-inch PowerBook G4 and 15-inch PowerBook G4. Consumers should remove the battery from the computer to view the model and serial numbers labeled on the bottom of the unit.........

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August 27, 2006, 8:47 AM CT

Hand-carved Kenyan iPod stand

Hand-carved Kenyan iPod stand
Do you appreciate handmade arts and crafts? Are you the owner of a computer, a PDA, or, an iPod? Are you an Apple Computer fan? If so, SafariPod probably has a product that will make you smile. today, and every day. You see, SafariPod is the real thing: a true handmade crafts house. Not a single item here ever touches a machine of any type. Each art object here is not only useful and beautiful, it demonstrates the unique artistry of a specific Kenyan craftsman. the man who made it just for you with his bare hands.

SafariPod craftsmen make each object sold here to his own design. We determine the need for a specific type of product. say, an iPod stand. Then, we tell the artist what we need the object to do, and he then develops a design to his own taste and standard. Each of our artists have been sculpting native wildlife pieces for many years.........

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August 27, 2006, 8:40 AM CT

Fiberglass Mascots

Fiberglass Mascots
A home for storefront fiberglass mascots from around the world. The Big Boy. The Doggie Diner. The ubiquitous Col. Sanders statues outside of KFC outlets in Japan.

From Tulsa to Tokyo and everywhere in between, feel free to post your photos of fiberglass mascots here.........

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August 27, 2006, 8:37 AM CT

Walking Cane Withtelescope 1920

Walking Cane Withtelescope 1920
This excellent system walking cane boasts an extendable spyglass as the handle that is made of brass. The handle is hand carved out of appealing dark red Mahogany in the shape of two folded hands that are actually holding the removable telescope. At the narrow end the lens cap of the spyglass can be unscrewed and it can be removed from the circular opening in the hands.

The telescope comes in working condition and the view is very good. The hand carving applied is of high quality and the bronze collar as well as two gilt copper collars at the upper end of the shaft, match the overall appealing look perfectly.

This is a must-have for the dedicated collector of instrumental or system canes!

Walking sticks have existed since the first Homo sapiens picked up a branch to help himself over rough terrain or to use it as a weapon. Civilized men carried on the tradition. From royalty and their use of the scepter to religious leaders and their use of pastoral staffs designed to look like a shepherd's crook herding the believers, the walking stick has been an important symbolic accessory. Men in authority whether profane or religious have used the staff or walking stick as a symbol of their power at all times.

Some experts claim that the name "cane" arose from the fact that Cain, the son of Adam and Eve slew his brother Able with his staff thus "caining" him to death. In 1838 J. H. Ingram wrote in his essay on canes that in Roman times, dogs in great numbers have infested the streets of Rome. Because of this circumstance it became customary for pedestrians to go provided with stout birchen cudgels equipped at one end with a short, sharp pike to defend themselves against these animals. This cudgel was called "cani", the dative singular for "canis" which meant literally "for a dog." The plural of "canis" is "canes" and this is the precise denomination by which they are now known. The later non-historical use of the word cane arose from the fact that a number of of the sticks are canes in the botanical sense as rattan and bamboo. Malacca in the botanical sense is a cane too. Today the word continues to refer to exotic woods as well as to other materials.........

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August 27, 2006, 8:30 AM CT

What Can You Turn Me Into?

What Can You Turn Me Into?
WHAT CAN YOU TURN ME INTO?

I specialize in vampires, skeletons, demons, and zombies, but I can try to do other types of creatures, as well.

Just let me know what you want to become and I'll do my best to bring your spooky fantasy to life (or death!).

WILL I LOOK MODERN OR "OLD-FASHIONED"?

This is really up to you. I can do it either way. I recently did a full-color photo of a person in modern clothes and it turned out quite well! Of course it helps greatly that the background was creepy looking, so I recommend you pose in front of something that will add atmosphere.........

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August 27, 2006, 8:20 AM CT

Hummingbird Hawkmoth

Hummingbird Hawkmoth

Hummingbird Hawkmoth (macroglossum stellatarum).

Spotted between showers yesterday in Cambridgeshire. Only the second time I've seen one of these. They really are like humming birds.........

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August 27, 2006, 8:02 AM CT

Armor Of God PJs

Armor Of God PJs
What are the Armor Of God PJ's? The Armor Of God PJ's were inspired by a mother reading Ephesians 6:10-18 every night to her daughter to give her a safe and secure feeling in the dark. As they read the scriptures, they put on each spiritual and powerful piece of the Armor of God to keep them safe and peaceful while they slept. At that moment,.

God gave me the idea how wonderful it would be if all children could have the opportunity to put on a pair of pajamas that symbolized the Armor of God for the same purpose.....that with their belief in Jesus and His protection they will feel safe and secure during the night as they sleep. As they dress in the mornings, they should replace them with the spiritual Armor of God to protect them in their daily activities.........

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August 24, 2006, 10:41 PM CT

Why are so many people dying on Everest?

Why are so many people dying on Everest?
Why are so many people dying on Mount Everest, asks doctor and climber, Andrew Sutherland in this week's BMJ?

It used to be thought that it would be physiologically impossible to climb Mount Everest with or without oxygen. In 1953 Hillary and Tenzing proved that it was possible to reach the summit with oxygen and in 1978 Messner and Habeler demonstrated it was possible without oxygen.

Although Everest has not changed, and we now have a better understanding of acclimatisation, improved climbing equipment, and established routes, it would therefore seem logical that climbing Everest might have become an altogether less deadly activity.

However, this year the unofficial body count on Mount Everest has reached 15, the most since the disaster of 1996 when 16 people died, eight in one night following an unexpected storm.

The death rate on Mount Everest has not changed over the years, with about one death for every 10 successful ascents. For anyone who reaches the summit, they have about a 1 in 20 chance of not making it down again.

So why are there so many people dying on Mount Everest? And more importantly, can we reduce this number?

The main reasons for people dying while climbing Mount Everest are injuries and exhaustion. However, there is also a large proportion of climbers who die from altitude related illness, specifically from high altitude cerebral oedema (HACE) and high altitude pulmonary oedema (HAPE).........

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